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Take a look at some of the images from Portland's Farmers Market, held Saturday mornings during warm (or less cold) weather in Deering Oaks Park in downtown Portland, ME.
I started working on this project several years ago whe my wife suggested that I ought to go shoot at the market one morning. That cool spring day started what is now a multi-year project with thousands of images. I'm amazed at what Maine's farmers can grow in their fields, how good it is, and just how amazing it looks through a camera. I'm fascinated by shape and color, light, and how it all fits together.
One of the benefits of an extended project like this is that the photographer really learns the ins and outs of the equipment, and how to shoot in this environment. I shoot at first light, and stay until 8 or 830 when the market gets busy and I'd interfere with the customers. Funny too, is that at about this time the light filtering through the trees begins to get quite bright and contrasty, something I'm usually trying to minimize. There are only 4 or 5 images in this initial group which were made after 8 am, and you can tell by the looks of the image. I have shot this project with Nikon D300 and D750 digital cameras, using (mostly) a 105 mm/f 2.8 or 40 mm/f2.8 macro lens to get close. Most of the images in this collection appear relatively "close" to what initially went through the lens. There's minimal cropping, and only a little exposure and color tweaking.
Enjoy these! They have been fun to work on; more will be coming. And if you would like, they are available for sale.
Keywords: black and white, color, D750, farmers market, flowers, Maine, Nikon, Portland, vegetables
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